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Merrimack Valley

October 8, 2013

Zanni wins straw poll at Democrat breakfast

METHUEN — A standing-room-only crowd handed Mayor Stephen Zanni a convincing straw poll victory Saturday at the Methuen Democratic City Committee’s annual pancake breakfast.

Zanni defeated mayoral challenger Jennifer Kannan 169 to 102 in the straw poll (62 to 38 percent). The breakfast was held at the Methuen Senior Center.

“I am proud of my accomplishments as mayor, and I’m excited that my record of producing results for Methuen is being heard loud and clear,” said Zanni in a statement. “I intend to continue campaigning my hardest right up to Election Day.”

In attendance Saturday were Democratic candidates for governor Martha Coakley, Juliette Kayyem and Joe Avellone.

Zanni hosts political roast

METHUEN — Mayor Stephen Zanni’s annual Columbus Day roast will take place Friday from noon to 2 p.m. at the Sons of Italy, 450 Merrimack St.

Tickets for the event are $25 and include a full lunch. Guests will be treated to jokes at the expense of local political leaders. Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society.

For more information, email info@mayorzanni.com.

ValleyWorks Career Center receives praise

BOSTON — The Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development has announced that five of the state’s 32 One-Stop Career Centers, including the ValleyWorks Career Center for Lawrence and Haverhill, have been honored for outstanding service to Massachusetts veterans.

Through the U.S. Department of Labor’s Jobs for Veterans State Grant Program, the Massachusetts Department of Career Services (DCS) annually awards incentive grants to recognize One-Stop Career Centers for their efforts in demonstrating improvement and modernization of employment, training and placement services for veterans; rewarding and celebrating excellence in priority of service; developing a library of best practice techniques; and improving performance outcomes for veterans.

ValleyWorks received a Gold Award of $10,500.

Eric Nelson of Haverhill and Clifton “Bryhn” McLeod of Georgetown are the Veteran Employment Representatives for ValleyWorks Career Center.

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